The George Daily Youth Theatre is the auditorium’s own professionally-staffed program. Camps are created around project-based education and are designed to use theatre as a tool to teach confidence, critical thinking, creativity, collaboration, and responsibility. Year-round programming is available to children in the form of an after school program and an eight-week summer camp.
Summer is just around the corner, so take a look at our eight-week summer camp!
Week 1 – Wizards, Wands, and Wonders!
June 6-10, K-12th grade, $70
The mysterious Mercy McKinley has set out to tear down the wall between the Wizards and Muggles in this Harry Potter-inspired camp. Can you figure out how to stop this rogue wizard and restore the balance between magic and science?
Guest Teacher: Katherine Norman
Week 2 – Musical Theatre
June 13-17, K-12th grade, $70
Singing, acting, and dancing are all impressive skills to learn individually, but in this camp, you will need to put all three together and become a triple threat!
Week 3 – Red v Blue: Gaming Camp
June 27-July 1, K-12th grade, $70
Put your game faces on! Red vs Blue is a camp that focuses on high energy, team-based games, including camper favorites like Capture the Flag, Barricade, and VIP.
Week 4 – Pre-K Superheroes!
July 6, 7, 8 from 1:00 – 3:00 p.m., ages 4 & 5, $35
Have you ever wondered what your super power would be? This camp starts your 4 or 5-year-old on their own theatrical journey by using their creativity to design their own superhero.
Week 5A – Fairy Tale Super-Fight
July 11-15, K-12th grade, $70
Who would win in fight: Snow White or Sleeping Beauty?
This improv-based camp puts fairy tale characters against each other, and campers need to figure out who wins by way of Fairy Tale Super-Fight!
Week 5B – Performer’s Journey
July 11-15, 6-12th grade, $70
Performer’s Journey is for the camper that wants to learn more of the disciplined art of theatre. Campers will receive a script and spend the week building a traditional theatre experience for the showcase at the end of the week. This camp will take place on the same dates as Fairy Tale Super-Fight.
Week 6 – Daily Film Project
July 18-22, K-12th Grade, $70
Campers are split into production teams and are tasked with creating a new film every day of camp. They will choose genres, props, and characters at random and will be in charge of bringing a film to life. There will be a film festival at the end of the week in place of the showcase.
Guest Teacher: Christopher Williams
Weeks 7 & 8 – Theatre Production
July 25-29 & August 1-5, K-12th Grade, $140
Returning for its second year is our theatre production camp! We will audition on day one and take two weeks to mount a full production with costumes, set, lights, and everything else that comes with a theatre production. Campers will not only act, but have a hand in designing the final production.
About the Summer
Most camps run from 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. Every camper needs to wear shoes that enclose the toe and heel (like tennis shoes). A free, healthy lunch is provided thanks to the Oskaloosa Summer Lunch Program, but campers are welcome to bring snacks for morning and afternoon, a water bottle, and sunscreen.
Camp days end at 4:00 p.m. but for families with busy work schedules, consider the Camp Out program. This gives students time to wind down at the end of the day, and provides a fun place to stay while parents finish the work day. Camp Out is available until 5:30 p.m. and costs $10.
Credits and Scholarships
Credits make the summer more affordable for returning campers or families with multiple campers! Discounts or credits may only be used until a camp costs $40.
Scholarships are available for families in need and must be discussed on a case-by-case basis with the Education Director.
We’re so excited to announce two professionals to teach as guests during the summer!
Katherine Norman: (Wizards, Wands, and Wonder!) Katherine holds a BFA in Acting from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Since graduating in 2012, her work has included touring the U.S. and Canada with Missoula Children’s Theatre, working with the Lioness Tale Prison Project, teaching drama with the Maher Ashram in India, and directing at the Interlochen Arts Camp.
Christopher Williams: (Daily Film Project) Chris holds a BA in Theatre from Central College in Pella, IA. Originally from New York, NY, Chris specializes in lighting, sound, and video design. He currently works as Technical Engineer at the Science Center of Iowa in Des Moines.